Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Travel, film and food writer; National Newspaper Award winner.
TMAC, SATW, NATJA, Toronto Film Critics Association.


Vancouver Island's Westholme Tea Farm: Canadian Tea

Life, philosophy and the art of sipping in the Cowichan Valley. There’s nowhere else in Canada that this path exists,” says tea grower Victor Vesely as we walk the path between short, terraced rows of squat bushes covered in leathery, serrated-edge leaves. But this view is undeniably special, overlooking a row of robust tea bushes planted in 2010 in Vancouver Island’s bounteous Cowichan Valley.
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Review: Chernobyl’s Jessie Buckley takes a star turn in Wild Rose

With its story of a broke and aimless Glasgow single mother dreaming of Nashville singing stardom, Wild Rose has more than a hurtin’ twang of familiarity. But Irish singer-actor and 2017 TIFF Rising Star Jessie Buckley (Beast, HBO series Chernobyl) takes an oft-told tale to fresh places as Rose-Lynn, a me-first bombast with a natural-born voice for country tunes.
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At Disneyland, Star Wars Comes to Life with Galaxy’s Edge Theme Park

If your first exposure to Star Wars was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Disneyland’s newly launched land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge provides an immersive hyperspace jump into your past with a land filled with nostalgic fantasy. The Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, which opened in Anaheim on May 31, is an Outer Rim den of thieves, home to smugglers, shady traders, and anybody desiring to fly under First Order radar.

Rock Bay Square: creativity lives here

The much-loved Rock Bay Square building that is home to many of the city’s artisans and artists is for sale. But those who count on the cheap studio rent for everything from painting to carving, have their fingers crossed, wishing that this community, with its Brooklyn-esque creative vibe, will last and last.
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The Feminist Party: Red, White or Revolutionary?

California journalist and winemaker Sonja Magdevski says her latest wine, The Feminist Party, isn’t a political tipple. It’s about radical inclusion.
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Dining in Seattle: North Pacific city made for food lovers

Typical of teenagers, Justin Oba skipped high school. But he was no mall rat. Oba had eating on his mind, ditching class to catch a bus from his home in Tacoma to downtown Seattle to hang out at the Pike Place Market. With that kind of dedication to eating and adventure, this is who I want to lead my food tour.
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Take It Slow On This Enchanting California Road Trip

You’ve got to get out of the car to make the most of a California Central Coast road trip.
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TravelPulse On Scene: Inside the New Celebrity Summit

You have to be on your toes to stay on top of the cruise industry. Celebrity Cruises showed that it is, making history Saturday night as the newly renovated Celebrity Summit marked her debut with the first-ever classical ballet performance on a cruise ship, featuring pirouetting dancers from the American Ballet Theatre.
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A Taste of the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara

It’s Thursday night and Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone is hopping. The culinary scene in the small, California coastal city is creative, locally driven and often playful, propelled by regional star chefs and new arrivals from Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. The two-dozen Funk Zone tasting rooms, part of the city’s Urban Wine Trail, are open late, pouring from Santa Barbara County’s top vineyards in the onetime industrial area that used to be on the wrong side of the tracks.
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Conch: Island Style

It’s homely as hell, a giant sea snail with a nasty-looking horn that slips out of its shell to propel it along the ocean floor. But in the right hands, conch is a beautiful thing. “Our new cooks look at it and say: ‘What is that?’”. Montreal born chef Corinna Mozo, 51, laughs in describing reactions to the Caribbean mollusk that she turns into delicious fritters in the various kitchens of La Cubana, her taste-of-home Cuban restaurant chain in Toronto.
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Panama City: Between Continents and Oceans

“Move quietly. Take your time and watch the trees,” whispered a guide at the compact Punta Culebra Nature Center off the Amador Causeway in Panama City. If I was lucky, I’d spot a shy sloth, the laid-back king of the Panama rain forest. I crept around the grounds of the small nature centre at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and peered up into the foliage.
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Black Tulip Hats: Heightened headgear

Worn and weathered hats take on new lives in Braeden Paterson’s hands. Inspired by songs, stories, and landscapes, the musician by trade creates fashionable “hats of the gone world” with his one-man brand, Black Tulip. Based in rural North Cowichan on Vancouver Island, Paterson has been crafting custom and ready-to-wear headgear for about a year; his designs spring from the late 1960s and ‘70s, when rockers’ style leaned heavily on hats.
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Linda Barnard

Former Toronto Star staff movie writer, now a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared in the Toronto Star, Fodor's, DINE Magazine,, American Way in-flight magazine, TravelPulse Canada, Canadian Traveller, Montecristo Magazine, Ensemble Vacations, TraveLife and others. Regular contributor YAM Magazine (Victoria). Food writer for Edible Toronto, Edible Vancouver Island and Edible Seattle and film writer for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Movie Entertainment Magazine and others.
Winner Best International Travel Story, SATW Canadian Chapter. Winner and honourable mention, NATJA Awards. National Newspaper Awards winner (Arts & Entertainment).
My custom content clients include Telefilm Canada, Western University, The Globe and Mail and Star Metro Media.